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Conquer Mount Aneto (3404m)

Climb the Pyrenees' highest mountain. Enjoy the solitude as you climb two of the toughest peaks in Spain. 3 days off work.

I'M UP FOR
Summit Fever
DURATION
4 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
COMFORT
Basic
LOCATION
France, Spain
SEASON
June—September
NEAREST AIRPORT

Explore the wonders of the Pyrenees and take on two of its toughest peaks, including the awe-inspiring Mount Aneto. Traverse dramatic mountain passes, while away days in the quiet solitude of its summits and sleep amongst nature in a quaint mountain refuge in this epic five-day adventure.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 3 days mountain hiking
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Everest Guide Rolfe Oostra
  • Mountaineering equipment (ice axe, harness, snowshoes)
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for

The ultimate long weekend for anyone wanting to take their mountain experiences to the next level. It is a tough trail, with long days spent covering steep, technical ground, so you’ll need a good level of fitness. You may encounter sections of technical scrambling with climbing ropes and glacier travel with ropes, ice axes and crampons. Basic climbing skills are preferable but not mandatory as they will also be taught and practised during the trip.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Meals except as described
  • Any additional town accommodation required due to bad weather
  • Additional snacks
  • Personal spending money
  • Any additional costs in leaving the trip early
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 4.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people. Get in touch with your hosts to find out about staying in a single room on the first night, the rest you will be bunking it up with your fellow hikers.

It is a tough trail, with long days spent covering steep, technical ground, so you’ll need a good level of fitness.

You may encounter sections of technical scrambling with climbing ropes and glacier travel with ropes, ice axes and crampons. Basic climbing skills are preferable but not mandatory as they will also be taught and practised during the trip.

Your host recommends to pack:

  • Daysack (40-60L capacity)
  • Waterproof rucksack cover
  • Trekking trousers
  • Insulated windproof soft shell
  • Base layer
  • Mid layer
  • Dry stuff-sack
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Buff/scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip salve
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Gloves - consider liners or a light Polartec pair for lower altitudes and evenings, and a thicker waterproof pair like ski gloves for higher altitudes
  • Water bottle
  • Water purification tablets/system
  • Toiletries
  • Ear plugs
  • Travel towel
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Head torch
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • EH1C card
  • Trekking poles with snow basket
  • Climbing harness (Available to borrow from your local host)
  • Climbing helmet (Available to borrow from your local host)
  • Ice axe (Available to borrow from your local host)
  • Crampons (Available to borrow from your local host)

Unfortunately, due to the challenging nature of the hiking this trip is only open to those 18 and over.

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Location

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The Pyrenees is a rugged ribbon of mountains that straddles the border between Spain and France. You’ll spend five days exploring its wild regions, snow-capped peaks and tumbling valleys. You’ll lunch alongside goats, experience its traditional mountain culture and hike through its dense and magical forests. The area is known for its abundance of wildlife and diverse eco-systems, so keep your eyes peeled for isards, marmots and maybe even brown bears.

Its identity is an amalgamation of Spanish and French culture, which has resulted in a hardy and delicious cuisine that combines the best of both. Make no mistake, these mountains are a force to be reckoned with. You’ll tackle some of the toughest trails but you’ll be rewarded with pristine mountain lakes, bubbling streams and at points, the Maladeta massif on one side and the emerald Alto Aragon region on the other.

Start point

Toulouse Airport - 12:00
Your adventure begins at Toulouse Airport (TLS) with your airport transfer at 12:00. Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time, your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area.
If you’re already in Toulouse, or not able to join the transfer, you can book any flight and make your own way to the accommodation in Bagneres-de-Luchon before 18:00 where you’ll meet your fellow adventurers. Bagneres-de-Luchon is a 2-hour transfer from the airport.

Finish point

Toulouse Airport - 15:00
At the end of your adventure, you’ll be dropped off at Toulouse Airport (TLS) at 15:00. You’re free to book any flight that departs after 17:00.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival and drive to Bagneres-de-Luchon

Your hosts will pick up up from Toulouse Airport and you’ll head straight for your accommodation in Bagneres-de-Luchon. The drive will take around two hours. Then settle in, unpack and relax before having a nose around the town. You’ll have time to pick up any last minute supplies or food you may want to fuel your journey before resting up for the adventure ahead.

Day 2: Take on Sauvegarde

Roll out of bed and fill up on a tasty breakfast before taking the 20-minute transfer to the base of the Port de Venasque pass, which marks the border between France and Spain. This winding route is lined by spectacular views of the magnificent Maladeta Massif.

Once past the pass, the path starts getting steeper as you approach the summit of Sauvegarde, which stands at 2,738 metres. If the weather is clear enough, you’ll be treated to views of both France and Spain, and their greeny-gold mountains before spending the night in the Renclusa Refuge.

Day 3: Climb Mount Aneto

Wake up bright and early for your trip’s most challenging day. You will be tackling a challenging hike, donning crampons to cross a glacier and crossing the spectacularly exposed knife edge ridge known as the Bride of Mohamed.

Your efforts are rewarded by the spectacular panoramic views from the summit of the Pyrenees’ highest mountain. After a moment to enjoy your fantastic position, it’s time to re-cross the bridge and head back down to the Renclusa Refuge.

Day 4: Hike the Col d’Escalette

After yesterday’s tiring hike, you and your aching limbs will be happy to hear today is a little easier. You’ll have a relaxed start and a few moments to bask in the alpine air, before enjoying a brief breakfast and making your way to the Port de Venasque pass.

After a few hours immersed in its wild wonder, you’ll venture through the Col d’Escalette, an area known for its wintery and desolate mountain views. You’ll spend the night in a cosy guesthouse, so rest those weary legs and reminisce with your fellow explorers.

Day 5: Free Time and Departure

It’s time to say goodbye. Time for one final breakfast before making your way to the next leg of your journey. If you’re flying back from Toulouse, your guides will be happy to drive you to the aiport.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

Your first night will be spent in a sleepy, mountain village close to Bagneres-de-Luchon where you will be staying in a comfortable guesthouse.

Then it’s back to basics. You’ll spend the rest of the nights in traditional mountain refuges with dormitory styled-bunk beds and shared bathroom facilities. A particular highlight is the Renclusa Mountain Refuge, thanks to its ideal location and unforgettable panoramic views of the Pyrenees.

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Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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